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Preview/Review – The City: The Mind in the Machine #1

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In these days of NSA information gathering, Big Brother seems more and more of a reality than a fantasy. We are all being watched to various degrees. Whether its tracking cookies in our browsers or text messages stored by tel-comm companies there is very little privacy to be had. Even criminals, when the news reports crimes they invariable have a grainy video of the perpetrator shot by a nearby surveillance camera. This is the jumping off point of The City.

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A group of programmers is trying to sell the city a full surveillance package run by artificial intelligence. During the demo a mistake happens that makes the deal fall through. The computer doesn’t have the ability to judge and distinguish events like a human.  This flaw makes it unsafe to use.  One of the programmers gets caught in a terrorist attack on the way to work the next day. He eyes are severely damaged. His partner does something drastic to help.

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The City felt in many ways like Robocop. The idea that by adding humanity to the programming you get a better machine. Also in the idea that crime is so out of control it will take a computer to help control it. This story is from a more voyeuristic view. Ben isn’t a cop, he’s a programmer but he’ll play an integral role in getting his machine to succeed. The story was good but I felt it has been told before. I didn’t find much that felt fresh or new. This is only a first issue so they may yet have twists that I can’t foresee.

The art was also good, nothing that stood out but definitely suited to the story it was telling.

I give The City 3 out of 5 starts. While it feels familiar there is potential for some interesting stories to develop. If it’s your type of story it’s worth checking out.

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City the Mind In the Machine #1 (of 4)
Writer: Garcia, Eric
Artist: Fernandez, Javi
Cover Artist: Edwards, Tommy Lee
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $3.99
UPC: 82771400586800111
On Sale February 12, 2014
Publisher: Darby Pop (IDW)
Diamond Id: DEC130471

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